United to appoint technical director

MANCHESTER United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will not have the final say on who the club appoint as technical director.

United are keen on appointing their first technical director later this year to back up new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sky Sports News understands.

The timing of the move remains uncertain, but United would like to have the new man in place before the start of the 2019/20 season in August.

Club officials will expect the technical director to focus on strengthening options for the first team squad and providing support for the management team.

In addition to this, the successful candidate will also be tasked with shaping a long-term recruitment strategy of integrating the club’s academy.

Previous manager Jose Mourinho was against a hierarchy restructuring, but plans have been revisited following the Portuguese’s departure in December.

Solskjaer, who was handed a three-year deal last week, confirmed he has been part of the discussions with Ed Woodward and other key advisers and is willing to work alongside a technical director.

It is understood Old Trafford chiefs are also exploring possible links with other clubs in the world to add further development options for their young players.

Meanwhile, United are confident of agreeing deals with Solskjaer’s coaching staff Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna to remain at the club.

– Sky Sports

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